The Regional Workshop was held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in Harbour Breton NL. Fifty-five people attended the workshop, including faculty, graduate students and staff from Memorial University, and attendees from community-based and non-profit organizations, corporations and businesses, business development, educational institutions, municipalities, provincial and federal government departments, aboriginal government, and media.
The three themes of the workshop were: 1) Community and regional sustainability: Many communities are challenged to sustain an efficient level of services, and in some cases the very existence of communities are in jeopardy. How can communities and the region move forward to build the labour force, develop businesses, improve infrastructure, and obtain long-term benefits from local projects? What discussion is needed regarding regionalization of services or relocation? 2) Tourism development: A local voice representing the tourism industry in the region is lacking; however, this may be necessary to further tourism capacity. How can a tourism organization or working group be fostered, and what could its role be in connecting the region with provincially led tourism promotion? What potential challenges and opportunities exist for tourism development? 3) Ocean and coastal issues: Since many of the economic sectors and recreational interests in the Coast of Bays focus on ocean and coastal areas (aquaculture, fisheries, tourism, etc.), there is a need for discussion on how users interact with each other. How do ocean-based economic sectors impact each other and the local region, with respect to the economy, society and environment?
The workshop began in the morning with breakfast and a Memorial Presents Public Forum called "Doing Good and Doing Well: How communities can benefit from social enterprise". The main Memorial Presenter was Natalie Slawinski, Department of Business Administration, Memorial University, and the panelists were Penny Rowe, Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador and Gail Hoskins, St. Alban's Recreation Committee and Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development. The entire forum can be viewed here.
Following this Memorial Presents session, the Regional Workshop portion of the day commenced. Several Memorial services and departments were introduced during the opening presentations, by Rob Greenwood, Executive Director of the Harris Centre and Public Engagement at Memorial University; Cyr Couturier, Research Scientist and Chair, Aquaculture Programs, Marine Institute of Memorial University; and Amy Tucker, Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator with the Harris Centre. The group also took in a presentation by Gail Hoskins, Economic Development Officer with the provincial Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, who provided more context about the region's demographics and its current economic sectors and challenges of their growth and expansion. Following lunch, participants broke into groups based on the workshop's three themes and discussed the work of the faculty, staff and students within the various Memorial departments, faculties and centres which were represented at the workshop. The morning was also spent introducing everyone in the group and getting to know more about their work and interests. Participants from the region also informed Memorial faculty, students and staff, as well as the other participants, about recognized development priorities for their region. Much of the time spent in the break-out groups focused on identifying potential new opportunities for Memorial to establish linkages and partnerships for future projects. These opportunities could be related to research, teaching or public engagement. There were a total of 27 follow-up opportunities identified at the workshop.
The workshop report can be found here.
8:30 Workshop Registration and Breakfast
9:00 Welcomes; Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre, Roy Drake, Town of Harbour Breton
9:10 Memorial Presents Public Forum: âDoing Good and Doing Well: How communities can benefit from social enterprise"Â Natalie Slawinski, Department of Business Administration, Memorial University. Panel: Penny Rowe, Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador, Gail Hoskins, St. Alban's Recreation Committee
11:00 Outline for the Day Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre
11:15 The Role of Memorial University in Regional Development Cyr Couturier, Marine Institute of Memorial University
11:30 Regional Profile and Priorities Gail Hoskins, Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development
11:45 Follow-Up Process for New Opportunities Amy Tucker, Harris Centre
12:30 Parallel Sessions (including a break at the convenience of each group) A discussion of current activities and projects in the region, followed by a discussion of potential new opportunities for collaboration. Groups will brainstorm new research questions, public engagement activities, teaching opportunities, etc. Session themes: Community and Regional Sustainability, facilitated by Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre; Tourism Development, facilitated by Mike Clair, Harris Centre; Ocean and Coastal Issues, facilitated by Morgan Murray, Harris Centre
3:15 Report Back/Wrap-Up and Next Steps Facilitator: Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre